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Gift of Life Donor Program Elects New Members to its Governing and Medical Policy & Advisory Boards

Gift of Life Donor Program announced that five new members were elected to its Governing Board and Medical Advisory and Policy Board (MAPB).

Philadelphia, PA - Gift of Life Donor Program - the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, announced that five new members were elected to its Governing Board and Medical Advisory and Policy Board (MAPB).

Gift of Life Governing Board

Stuart H. Fine, DHA, Director of Healthcare Management Programs at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, was elected to Gift of Life’s Governing Board. He is the Past President and CEO of Grand View Hospital and Affiliates in Sellersville, PA, and serves on multiple Boards of Trustees. His extensive experience will be a valuable asset to Gift of Life’s Board. The Governing Board provides oversight and direction of the strategic and operational initiatives of the organization. Board members have expertise in hospital administration, transplant surgery, critical care medicine, business, science and community activism. The Board’s focus is to advance the life-saving mission of Gift of Life. Members serve a three year term.

Gift of Life also appointed new Governing Board and Medical Advisory and Policy Board Officers who will serve two year terms:

New Governing Board Officers

Chair: David Pierson, PhD

Vice Chair: Alan L. Brechbill, MBA, MHA

Immediate Past Chair: Gerard J. Fulda, MD

Treasurer and Secretary: Sean Dukes

Honorary Chairman and Co-Founder: Clyde F. Barker, MD

Gift of Life Medical Advisory and Policy Board

Four new members of the Medical Advisory and Policy Board were also elected - Rajeev Sharma, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; Suresh Keshavamurthy, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and a Thoracic Transplant Surgeon at Temple University Medical Center; Christian Bermudez, MD, Chief, Thoracic Transplant Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center; and Patty T. Liu, MD, Transplant Surgeon, Lehigh Valley Hospital. The MAPB members offer additional oversight to properly address the unique healthcare needs of Gift of Life, one of the largest and most successful OPOs in the country. The MAPB is charged to work with Gift of Life to recommend policies on a variety of initiatives related to increasing donation opportunities, while promoting the organization’s continued relationships with hospital partners. MAPB members are elected for a three year term.

New Medical Advisory and Policy Board Officers

Chair: Ryan R. Davies, MD

Vice Chair: Linda Barrasse, MD

Immediate Past Chair: Jennifer Axelband, DO

“Gift of Life Donor Program is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors and Medical Advisory and Policy Board. Along with our newly elected officers, they will lend their valuable expertise to help Gift of Life build upon its national, record-breaking success. Together, we will work to help save lives and give hope to the 5,400 men, women and children in our region who are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program.

For a complete list of Governing Board and MAPB Board members and biographies, visit:

About Gift of Life Donor Program: Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 42,000 organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life’s service area includes nearly 11.2 million people, and in 2016 the organization coordinated over 49 organ donors-per-million-population - ranking it among the highest in the world. For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register today, visit It only takes 30 seconds to register.

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